Although malware can be responsible for altering the HOSTS file
in an attempt to redirect your browser, it does not do so without infecting other areas of your system. There are several legitimate security programs like SpySweeper, STOPzilla
, Spybot S&D
, etc which can add numerous entries to the HOSTS file and that action may be detected as a change. If you downloaded and used a custom HOSTS file or made edits to it, doing so could also trigger a change detection
by security scanners which monitor that file. If you did not make any changes or do not have security programs with these features, then you need to investigate what the changes are
. Since you say you have Spybot install, see Spybot S&D: HOSTS file viewer
To view the folder containing your Hosts file, go to
, and in the Open box, type:%windir%\system32\drivers\etc\
The easiest way to access and view the contents is by using Notepad.
- Double-click on the HOSTS file.
- A message will appear saying Windows can't open the file or Choose the program you want to open this file.
- Scroll down the list of programs until you see Notepad.
- Select it and click OK.
To view the Hosts file in Notepad automatically, go to
, and in the Open box, type:notepad %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Edited by quietman7, 29 January 2010 - 02:11 PM.